Roger Darrington, 93, of Spring Grove
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:15 AM
Roger E. Darrington, 93, of Spring Grove died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.
He was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Fred and Ina (Golberg) Darrington. He attended rural schools in Winneshiek County, graduated from the Mabel High School and attended college in Winona.
Roger spent 3-1/2 years in the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving overseas for over two years in England as a radio technician. He was discharged in September of 1945 as a staff sergeant.
In 1945, he married Anne Baukol. To this union, three children were born. He worked in feed and implement business with his father, Fred, in the Mabel area, and farmed for several years.
The couple moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1961, where he was a supervisor for a grocery chain for several years and ended his working career by being a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood for 17 years.
He was active in church work serving on the church council and different committees in both Hesper and Scottsdale.
After moving back to Minnesota, he sang in the church choir and was co-chair for 18 years of the Steam Engine Days church stand.
After the death of his wife, he moved back to Minnesota and married Doris Moen Anderson in 1983. They moved to Spring Grove in 1990.
Roger was a member of the American Legion for over 68 years, was an avid sports fan and loved golfing, playing cards and dancing.
Recently, he was one of seven people elected to the Mabel High School All-Century Baseball Team.
Survivors include his wife, Doris of Spring Grove; three children, Craig (Judy) Darrington of Lake Elmo, Minn., Cathy Stephenson of Stillwater and Cory (Vicky) Darrington of Colton, Calif.; a sister, Barbara Skramstad of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; son-in-law, George Stephenson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Odin Skramstad, Harold and Christy Kjorstad, Magnus and Ceil Baukol, Austin and Myrtle Moen, Rose and Burton Oyen, Emmons and Esther Moen, Curt and Sharol Moen; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were April 16 at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion.
The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mengisfuneralhome.com.